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The Fourth Kind (2009)

PG-13  |   |  Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller  |  6 November 2009 (USA)
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A thriller involving an ongoing unsolved mystery in Alaska, where one town has seen an extraordinary number of unexplained disappearances during the past 40 years and there are accusations of a federal cover up.

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Abbey Tyler / Herself
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Eric Loren ...
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Cindy Stracinski
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Paul Stefanov ...
Timothy Fisher (as Pavel Stefanov)
Kiera McMaster ...
Joe Fisher
Sara Houghton ...
Jessica
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Storyline

In 1972, a scale of measurement was established for alien encounters. When a UFO is sighted, it is called an encounter of the first kind. When evidence is collected, it is known as an encounter of the second kind. When contact is made with extraterrestrials, it is the third kind. The next level, abduction, is the fourth kind. Modern-day, Alaska, where-mysteriously since the 1960s-a disproportionate number of the population has been reported missing every year. Despite multiple FBI investigations of the region, the truth has never been discovered. Here in this remote region, psychologist Dr. Abigail Tyler began videotaping sessions with traumatized patients and unwittingly discovered some of the most disturbing evidence of alien abduction ever documented. The Fourth Kind exposes the terrified revelations of multiple witnesses. Their accounts of being visited by alien figures all share disturbingly identical details, the validity of which is investigated throughout the film. Written by Anonymous

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alien | alaska | owl | abduction | patient | See All (77) »

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There are four kinds of alien encounters. The fourth kind is abduction. See more »


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Rated PG-13 for violent/disturbing images, some terror, thematic elements and brief sexuality | See all certifications »

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6 November 2009 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£851,476 (UK) (6 November 2009)

Gross:

$25,464,480 (USA) (1 January 2010)
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According to promotional materials from Universal, the film is framed around a psychologist named Abigail Tyler who interviewed traumatized patients in Nome. However Alaska state licensing examiner Jan Mays says she can't find records of an Abigail Tyler ever being licensed in any profession in Alaska. Ron Adler, CEO and director of the Alaska Psychiatric Institute and Denise Dillard, president of the Alaska Psychological Association say they've never heard of Abigail Tyler. Web sites for an "Alaska Psychiatry Journal" and "Alaska News Archive" containing references to Tyler were created by the film's producers, but were outed as hoaxes when it was discovered they were registered a month before the film's release and the purported author of one of the archived news articles stated she had never written it. See more »

Goofs

The lead-in to the scene where the sheriff is interviewing Dr. Tyler lists the time as 3:45am, but later in that scene, the clock in the background clearly shows 2:15. See more »

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[first lines]
Abbey Tyler: I'm actress Milla Jovovich, and I will be portraying Dr. Abigail Tyler in The Fourth Kind. This film is a dramatization of events that occurred October 1st through the 9th of 2000, in the Northern Alaskan town of Nome. To better explain the events of this story, the director has included actual archived footage throughout the film. This footage was acquired from Nome psychologist Dr. Abigail Tyler, who has personally documented over 65 hours of video and audio materials during the ...
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Over the closing credits; there are a series of radio interviews with eyewitness to close encounters of the first to fourth kind See more »

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How can you review a movie that is unwatchable?
2 January 2011 | by (Florida) – See all my reviews

I rented this. Put it into the DVD player. The first seconds made me nauseous. Is this what cinema is coming to? That we have to have some pale Gothic-looking chick start the show with an idiotic introduction? Aren't we WAY past the day when some goober comes out and says, "the events you are about to see are real, no really, they're really really real, and disturbing too, don't forget disturbing, and I just sorta wanted to warn you ahead of time that this is real and documented and backed up with evidence and it's disturbing, and in case you weren't paying attention for the first second or two: this is based on a true story that is documented and real, and it's disturbing too." Well, cut that out and maybe you have a great beginning. But no, it continues. A faked interview is next, complete with a purposefully compressed and padded video, complete with the typical zombie-eyed and traumatized weird person who's talking in a traumatized monotone.

I yanked that disc out and stomped back to the video store. I demanded a replacement movie, and they gladly let me swap this non-movie for something else. It seems the teenager working the register totally agreed with my opinion that this non-movie was cheese and quackery. It would be laughable except I didn't find myself laughing. I was ticked. Who are the people giving this the thumbs up? Who are you? Where do you live? What other non-movies do you watch? Are you really able to get past such a flop and travesty? Right out of the gate like that? Not me. If a movie sucks - I yank that sucker. I've all but deserted the theater for this very reason. The jerks that own those joints won't give me refunds for trash like this. I've been burnt to many times. So I rent only. At least the teens at the rental store have sympathy.

(Hilarious. IMDb said I had "prohibited words" in my review, but I have not idea what they were. Had to got back and get rid of some of the more choice and proper words, watering it down so the faint of heart don't get their little feelings hurt.)


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